The University of Iowa

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 9 a.m. Undergraduate Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 9:00am
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Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 9:00am

Dean Sara Sanders and UI President Bruce Harreld will confer degrees. President Harreld will confer an Honorary Doctorate of Science upon Mark Mattson, professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University.

Ted Abel, director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, will introduce Mattson. The student speaker will be Britney Clingan, of Helotes, Texas, who will receive a degree in English and creative writing with a certificate in event management with highest distinction.

Spring 2021 commencement will be virtual, the ceremony will be livestreamed at the scheduled time. Degrees will be conferred and graduates who RSVP'd Yes will be individually recognized during the virtual commencement.

Select College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majors will be recognized. - List of majors recognized at 9 a.m. ceremony.

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Meet the Student Speaker

Britney Clingan Recognition Slide

Britney Clingan

English and Creative Writing BA

Class of 2021

"I am very excited to have been chosen as the student speaker of the CLAS commencement ceremony. The past year and a half has been a challenging time to be a college student and even more to be a college graduate. Nevertheless, I have seen the Class of 2021 do some amazing things this year.

It is an honor to speak on their behalf and showcase how much they have accomplished to the Hawkeye family. I also want to send out my sincere gratitude to my friends, family, and professors who have supported me throughout my college career. None of this would have been possible without them."

Read more about Britney on Merit Pages